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Worth noting on TV

FRIDAY Kennedy Center Honors (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Presidential honors to Beverly Sills, Irene Dunne, Bob Hope, Merce Cunningham, and Lerner and Loewe.

Rossini at Versailles (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' re-creates a 19th-century ball, filmed at the Royal Opera House and the Chapel of the Palace of Versailles. Performance stars Marilyn Horne and Montserrat Caball'e. Previewed today.

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Cue in on Culture (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Three European fashion designers are profiled, focusing on the development of personal style. SATURDAY

Newton's Apple (PBS, 7:30- 8 p.m.): Host Ira Flatow follows California's fault line, among other scientific oddities of interest to the whole family.

Growing Old in America (ABC, 8-11 p.m.): Another evening-long study in depth by ABC News. SUNDAY

A New Republic (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Third segment of ``Lone Star'' focuses on the 10-year era when Texas was a republic. MONDAY

The Sound of Music (ABC, 8-11 p.m.): Still another repeat of this family classic film.

Recapturing the Past (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Final episode of ``Treasure Houses of Britain'' explores some 19th-century houses as well as architectural fantasies by Rex Whistler. TUESDAY

Antarctica: Earth's Last Frontier (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Repeat of ``Nova'' visit to this southern wilderness of snow, ice, seals, penguins . . . and scientists. WEDNESDAY

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From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Transmitted by satellite, New Year celebration features the Vienna Philharmonic performing traditional Strauss waltzes. The host is Walter Cronkite.

Mark Russell Comedy Special (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Political satirist ushers in the new year with a comedic review of 1985. THURSDAY

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): New three-part ``Mystery'' series gives Jane Marple a chance to solve a dance-hostess murder. Previewed today on page 21.

Please check local listings for all programs, especially those on PBS, where local option often results in varying days and times. Also, on New Year's Eve there will be many late-scheduled special programs that can be checked in local listings.

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